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Bells Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 439 students

 

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Posted April 28, 2014

We're nearing the end of our second year at BES. Having moved here from a much larger city, it was such a relief to know I was sending my daughter to a safe, small town school. The teachers have been friendly and involved. I'm not sure if its still the same principal that's being referred to in previous reviews, but the current principal can call every dang child in that school by name. I've seen no problem with security, and have in fact seen it increased in the two years we've been there. There is probably more they could do in extracurriculars and school events (I want spirit weeks and themed dress days!) and there does not seem to be much parental involvement. But my girl is doing very well in school and enjoys going every day - what more can a parent ask for? Wait, oh yeah, BES was also one of only FIVE elementary schools in the entire state of TN to receive exemplary status based on TCAP (end of year testing) scores. I'll take it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2013

I agree with the last posting. The principal for sure has issues. I thought there were no smoking on school grounds. Several teachers at this school is allowed to leave their students unattended to have themselves a 'smoke' break. Horrible to have around these young children. Also, people, please note: because of budget cuts, many of the assistants will not be returning next year. Pray for your kids.


Posted March 5, 2013

This school is very lax in safety of children. They appear to be a good school on the surface, but it is clear to this parent, that the principal is unqualified as are some of the teaching staff. Certain teachers are more concerned about socializing with other staff members than about teaching or watching your child. When one teacher has over half the class that is failing, it comes down to the issue of the teacher, not the child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2007

I feel that Bells city school is above average in academics as well as extracurricular activities. When compared to other schools in the surrounding counties this school has a lot to offer. The teachers really care about there students and are willing to go the extra mile to make sure the students obtain the best possible education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2007

There really isn't a lot available for academically gifted children. The EXCEL program is offered but it fails to challenge these children in an y way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2004

This school is VERY lax in their monitoring of children. Also, there is not pickup policies. Also they have no PTA for the parents to be involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2004

We moved here to Bells in Febuary. It has been the most wonderful experince that I could have ever given my child. We are looking forward to both of our children attending Bells elem. next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
27%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 49% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
24%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
52%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 84% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 48% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
43%
Science

The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
51%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
42%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 55% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
51%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 87% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students87%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students59%
African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
White63%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students49%
African American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
White64%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students60%
African American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students51%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
White47%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students52%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
White55%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students58%
African American44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
White68%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students86%
African American94%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 67%
Hispanic 24% 7%
Black 16% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 67%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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4532 Hwy 88 South
Bells, TN 38006
Phone: (731) 663-2739

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